by Olena

Instant Pot Chicken Breast

by Olena

instant pot chicken breast

Foolproof method to cook chicken breasts in Instant Pot from fresh or frozen. Your pressure cooker is perfect for meal prep! When I buy a large tray of organic chicken breasts, I cook them at once using my juicy baked chicken breast recipe or this recipe. Makes work week lunches easy!

Tips for Cooking Chicken Breast in Instant Pot

  • Let pressure come down naturally. Quick Release method pulls moisture from the meat.If you absolutely can’t wait, let pressure come down naturally for 5 minutes and then vent.
  • You don’t need to add many spices or pre-sear the meat.
  • To make shredded chicken breast, shred with 2 forks. Easy!
  • Remember, chicken breast is the leanest part of chicken. You can’t expect it to be as juicy as thighs.

How Long to Cook Chicken Breast in Instant Pot?

Follow Instant Pot chicken breast cooking time guidelines below for perfectly cooked every time. Everything on manual high pressure.

Boneless or Bone In Chicken Breast

I find it takes the same amount of time to cook bone in or boneless chicken breast – 20 minutes.

Frozen Chicken Breast

Only 25 minutes. It is important to separate frozen chicken breasts before adding to Instant Pot. Adding a blob of frozen meat will result in raw meat inside and overcooked chicken outside. I line fresh breasts with parchment paper before freezing. Then thaw in cold water just long enough to separate.

frozen chicken breast instant pot

Recipes to Use Shredded Chicken In:

How to Make Instant Pot Chicken Breast

1. In Instant Pot, add water and place trivet on top. Then lay chicken breasts and sprinkle with spices. Toss to coat evenly with tongs or hands.

2. Cook on High Pressure for 20 minutes for fresh or thawed boneless or bone in chicken breast. Or 25 minutes for frozen chicken breasts.

3. Let pressure come down on its own for about 10-15 minutes. I don’t recommend to do Quick Release (turning sealing valve to Venting position) with this recipe. It should take about 10-15 minutes.

how long to cook chicken breast in instant pot

Make It One Pot Meal:

After your electric pressure cooker chicken breast is done cooking, you can add more flavor to it. Or turn into a meal. Here are a few ideas.

Chicken breast and veggies

  1. Transfer chicken breasts onto a plate.
  2. Place cut up veggies on top of trivet.
  3. Set Manual High Pressure to 0 minutes.
  4. Vegetables should be cooked by the time Instant Pot comes to pressure.
  5. Serve with shredded or cubed chicken and maybe some healthy homemade ranch for a low carb dinner.

Chicken breast and pasta

  1. Transfer chicken breasts onto a plate.
  2. Remove trivet.
  3. Add desired amount of pasta.
  4. Set Manual High Pressure to 0 minutes.
  5. Pasta should be cooked by the time Instant Pot comes to pressure.
  6. Open, check and stir to enjoy.

BBQ chicken breast

I have healthy BBQ sauce recipe. You can make it in advance and refrigerate for weeks. Place some on top of cooked chicken breast.

Ranch chicken breast

I have amazing healthy ranch dressing recipe. Smother chicken in it and you are golden!

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Instant Pot Chicken Breast

5 from 4 reviews

Perfectly cooked fresh or frozen chicken breasts in Instant Pot every time. Shred or cube and use in tostadas, chicken salad or any meal prep.

  • Author: Olena of ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 22 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: North American

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs boneless chicken breasts, fresh or frozen*
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. To the Instant Pot, add water and place trivet with handles inside. Lay chicken breasts in a single layer (if using frozen make sure they are separated) and sprinkle with garlic powder, salt and pepper. Toss to coat evenly with tongs or hands.
  2. Close the lid, set pressure vent to Sealing and press Pressure Cooking on High for 20 minutes for fresh or 25 minutes for frozen chicken breasts. Display will say ON, Instant Pot will take about 10 minutes to come to pressure, you will see a bit of steam coming out from a valve, then float valve will rise and countdown will begin.
  3. After 20-25 minutes your chicken is ready, Instant Pot will beep, display will say OFF and now it needs to bring pressure down before you can open it, which will be indicated by a dropped down float valve. It is called Natural Release and I don’t recommend to do Quick Release (turning sealing valve to Venting position) with this recipe. It should take about 10-15 minutes.
  4. Open the lid and your chicken breasts are ready for meal prep, casseroles, salads etc. Shred or cube, and save the stock at the bottom for soup.

Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Freeze: Fully cook, cool completely and freeze in an airtight container or resealable freezer bags for up to 3 months. Thaw in a fridge or on a counter.

Notes

*If using frozen chicken breasts make sure they are separated. Think about it before freezing a whole tray, separate them with parchment paper.

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Hi, I’m Olena and this is my healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I now live on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia. I’m here to help you with “What’s for dinner?”.

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